~ Embracing the beauty of imperfections since 2010 ~
Humble Ceramics is WHOLESALE ONLY and does not sell online. Please contact one of our amazing retailers (scroll down and look on the RIGHT side of this blog for a full list) if you are interested in purchasing our work. Thank you!
!!! CHEFS !!!! We are getting backed-up with orders - we need minimum 3 to 4 months lead time to fullfill your order (depending on the size). Our process takes time! PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!!
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Currently, we do not sell online.
At this time, Humble Ceramics is available to retailers, designers, hospitality and media only. For new wholesale inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.humbleceramicswholesale.com/ All new store inquiries will be put on a waiting list
Production time is anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks (possibly more) depending on the size of the order or if we have to make your items from scratch, unless you pick from shapes we keep in stock at the time of the inquiry (bisque only) ... and all we need to do is glaze to your color preference. This timing does not include shipping.
Thank you for your patience and understanding ... and watch Humble Ceramics grow - one piece at a time.
Thank you for being part of this artist' s growing "L.A. story".
Congratulations to Josef Centeno for a slew of great reviews from Conde Nast Traveler to Interview Magazine to the Washington Post .... and the reviews keep on coming ... each time showing or work is the process, thank you! You can read the articles and see more picture here:
Thank you to Denise of Denise Young Textiles for letting me know about being on Remodelista! Can you spot our canisters and tumblers? We're in good company w/ Petersen Pottery Company, A Question of Eagles and Bzippy ...
It's always fun to see our pieces in beautiful remodels such as this one by Amber Interiors! Can you spot our pieces? Hint: look for canisters, clover creamer, sugar container, and a few utensil holders ...
I will also take this opportunity to share that our work is now available at Amber Interiors in Calabassas!
A beautiful table starts with dinnerware
that’s made with heart from materials that last. I love Belgian-born,
Los Angeles-based ceramicist Delphine Lippens’ line, Humble Ceramics.
Rustic and yet modern at the same time, Delphine’s plates, bowls, and
cork-top canisters impart a warmth and strength that’s striking on any
I first discovered Humble Ceramics
through a friend and soon began collecting the inviting, organic pieces
for my home. When we started carrying the line at Jenni Kayne, we visited Delphine in her studio,
where she shared her artistic process with us and told us about how she
she got her start. Funnily enough, she more or less fell into the world
of ceramics by deciding on a whim to take a pottery class with a
friend. From there, she was hooked.
My favorite pieces in Delphine’s line are her harvested cork-top canisters,
which can be used to hold a variety of pantry items and objects and
also make the loveliest gifts. With spring cleaning and decorating on my
mind with the launch of our first spring deliveries, I thought I’d ask Delphine for her perspective on these beautiful pieces. XXJKE
Rip & Tan: What inspired you to fist start making the cork-top canisters?
Delphine Lippens: I visited a cork
factory when I was 7 or 8 years old and I thought it was fascinating and
magical. I still remember the earthy smells!
We always had cork at the house growing
up. My dad collected wines and my mom had a collection of hand-blown glass
jars from the early 1900s. She replaced all the broken bakelite tops
with cork. I would play with the wine corks for hours
I’ve always loved the interaction of two
materials; the way cork makes any object unique and warm. When I brought
my first thrown canisters home, I still had a few old corks at the
house and that is how it came together—it just made sense!
Rip & Tan: What are some creative ways to use the canisters?
DL: You can use these for anything, it just depends what the context is!
In the kitchen, depending on the size, I have coarse salt, Celtic salt, specialty salts, sugar
cubes, granulated sugar, tea bags, chocolate covered coffee beans,
blooming tea balls, and more. In the larger sizes you can put pet
treats—and whatever you can think of.
In the office, hide your rubber bands, paper clips, wires, or whatever you want to keep organized and hidden.
In the bathroom, you can keep cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair clips, or bath salts, ...
In the bedroom, jewelry, crystals,
homeopathic remedies, essential oils—anything you want right there on
your bedside table but don’t want to see.
We have a lot of people just display them in groups in their living rooms on tables or shelves ...
Rip & Tan: Any Don’ts when it comes to using these canisters at home? Or interesting facts about them?
DL: I wouldn’t recommend putting cork in
the fridge because if it gets any type of condensation, and the cork
seals really well; it might get moldy. Personally, I would use the cork
as dry storage only.
One thing to know is that you should
never push down hard on the cork otherwise it might create an
air-suction seal and the cork will be hard to remove. Just tap it down
gently with your fingers, but don’t push it in with your hand!
We sell the canisters in Hawaii where
there’s a tremendous amount of humidity in the air and we’ve been told
that our canisters keep the salts dry. They are more or less airtight.
Rip & Tan: Can someone feasibly collect these and pass them down for generations?
DL: Yes! And please do so! The cork is
sustainably harvested, but there are fewer and fewer countries that
produce cork correctly (without killing the trees) so this is a
vulnerable resource and should not be taken for granted!
We sometimes have to wait 3 to 6 months
for certain sizes because the harvest is cyclical and they don’t always
have enough stock!
Rip & Tan: Any new shapes or sizes you plan on making in the future?
DK: We are always working on new shapes and sizes!
It's always an honor to know chefs are inspired by our "clay canvases" ... above is a sneak peak at a menu created by Chef Francis Bassa (previously of Alma in DTLA) for his pop-up dinner on Wednesday January 11, 2017 taking place in a secret location in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The actual dinner won't be in our ceramics, but the food will be just as beautiful! For more info, click here https://eatfeastly.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/francis.bassa/
A Humble Ceramics Stillness Platter (Brownstone/Charcoal Black) spotted on Page 67 of Sunset Magazine (January 2017) - we only made 2 which means this one was purchased at Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart or at Lawson Fenning! Yay! Thank you Sunset team!